Search Our Site

We have 3,716,041 registered online learners.
979 new learners so far today.

Digital learning can help with 'career switches'

schedule 12th February 2014 by Virtual College in Virtual College Last updated on 7th July 2016

For most working professionals looking to either upgrade their skills or learn new skills altogether, the prospect of enrolling in a part-time training course or degree can be a daunting one. After all, fitting education around a regular job is not easy, while the cost of paying for a course is another stumbling block.

However, there may be a solution that eliminates both of these problems at once: work-based distance learning (WBDL).

The basic premise of this type of course is that it enables professionals to undertake degree-level training that is built in to their regular job, completing coursework and projects that are connected and advantageous to their employer company as well as their personal ambitions.

For example, students interested in upgrading their business skills will complete projects within the framework of the company they work for, helping to come up with real-life solutions that can be implemented by their employer, while also counting towards the completion of the course.

As a result, WBDL students are able to align their education with their work, meaning they can do both at the same time rather than separately.

On top of this, the fact that WBDL is so beneficial to students' employers means it's in companies' interests for their workers to undertake this type of education, making it easy for those interested in these courses to convince their employer to pay some or all of the tuition fee.

The other benefit of WBDL is that it offers complete flexibility in terms of when, where and how to study, with no fixed term dates and all contact with lecturers taking place via video calls.

Because of this, the military has been one of the biggest subscribers to the programme, helping members of the armed forces to study in a way that helps both the individual and the unit in which they operate, even while they are stationed overseas.

Virtual College Logo

Author: Virtual College

The latest training news brought to you by Virtual College. We create innovative digital learning experiences that inspire people to develop the skills they need to thrive in their careers; enhancing and enriching the organisations they work in. For 24 years, we have been developing and supplying collaborative, customer-focused e-learning technology for organisations world-wide.

ISO 9001:2015
Crown Commercial Service Supplier
LPI Accredited Learning Technologies Provider


+44 (0)1943 605 976

Virtual College

Marsel House


West Yorkshire

LS29 8DD

Awards for footer
Gold and silver award winners at the Learning Technologies Awards 2017 - including gold for excellence in the design of learning content.


We are in the process of moving to one Virtual College website. If you want to go back to a course, or start a course, bought from our old website then you may need to login to our original learning management system. Otherwise, please proceed to our new learning management system to return to your training.


You are already logged in. Click the button below to be taken to your LMS dashboard. Alternatively, click logout to leave the system.